Spring is in the air in Texas. We love spring and want you to look the part from head to toe. So we sat down with stylist and general manager Arthur Perez of Sloan Hall in Alamo Heights — one of our favorite boutiques — to get the skinny on style trends for spring 2016.
CultureMap: What are we moving away from in terms of style trends from 2015?
Arthur Perez: I think we are seeing a move away from graphic photo prints and color blocking. You can still have a bold look though. For us, we see it in the work of Emanuel Ungaro’s designer Fausto Puglisi. Fausto has done a wonderful job this season incorporating floral Swiss lace into contemporary looks that result in something pretty and powerful.
CM: What are the top trends for 2016?
AP: Textile innovation, like laser-cut leathers and textured sequins. Fringe in fabric as well as leather. Nontraditional eyelets. Flats for evening. Metallic accessories. Anything floral.
CM: What are must-haves this spring that you have at Sloan Hall?
AP: We are getting a huge response from our Perrin handbag collection. The house was originally a glove maker — their must-have clutches incorporate a driving glove shape in the grip of the bags. They’re just plain cool.
CM: How can you use what you already have in your closet to match a trend?
AP: I’m not a huge proponent of disposable fashion. But if you want go with trend, I’d say do it primarily with your accessories.
CM: What is your most treasured spring designer of 2016?
AP: I would say Maison Margiela. Since taking over the house a year ago, John Galliano has definitely put his sensual imprint on the collection while holding true the house’s codes of intellectually driven style. It’s amazing.
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